Here’s a great tip to both help catch more smallmouths this spring and explosive strikes at the same time …
It’s definitely a little slice of springtime smallmouth fishing paradise!
The technique involves fishing buzzbaits for smallmouth bass once the water temp approaches 50 degrees and continues right through the spring season.
The pattern is actually very straight forward and targets staging smallies as they either prepare to invade the shallow spawning areas or are starting to make the transition back to deeper water.
Position the boat along the first major breakline (usually in 8 to 12 feet of water) then fish the buzzbait parallel to the break and stopping to fan-cast the bait over the shallows every so often.
Play with the cadence of the retrieve and find what entices them, the hold onto your rod and enjoy the fight!
When fishing river situations, getting your buzzbait to plane as soon as it hits the water can be key as explained in this video…